Selection Committee Chairman Chetan Sharma confirmed on Friday that BCCI and the selectors requested Virat Kohli, to continue as T20I captain when he made the decision to resign before the T20 World Cup. Sharma talked about how the white ball captain change was successful and that Kohli was informed about it on the day of the selection of test teams for the South Africa trip on 8 December.
Finally, the chief electors spoke to the media today, the 18-man ODI squad for South Africa read out and informed that the newly appointed ODI captain Rohit Sharma would also miss the white ball on the tour, for he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
“When the meeting started (in September), it was a surprise to everyone. Everyone who was part of that meeting asked Virat to reconsider his decision. We felt at the time that it would affect (the team at) the World Cup, and it was told to Virat for the sake of Indian cricket, ‘please continue as captain’. It was told to him by everyone. The convener was there. Board officials were there. But he made the decision and we respected it, Sharma told reporters.
While giving up the T20I captaincy, Kohli had expressed his desire to continue as a test and ODI captain in his Instagram post, and when he spoke to the press before the test team’s departure for South Africa, he had said: “Before I stopped as a T20I Captain, I had approached BCCI and explained the reasons behind my decision, which was very well received.
There was no insult or hesitation. Muhje yeh nahi kaha giya tha ki aap T20 captaincy na chodie (I was not told not to give up T20 captain). It was rather taken as a progressive step in the right direction. “
Today, Sharma was asked if voters had told Kohli that stepping down as T20I captain would also lead to losing the ODI captaincy? “It was not the right time (selection meeting for the T20 World Cup) to tell Virat that we wanted to have a captain in white ball formats.
We were going to a World Cup. It was not the right time to tell him that if he resigned as T20I captain, he could not also be ODI captain. “Everyone (selectors and BCCI officials) asked him to think about this decision after the World Cup,” Sharma replied.
This is confirmed by the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly‘s comment to Indian Express on December 10, when he told this newspaper on December 10: “We (BCCI) had asked Virat not to resign as T20I captain. There was no plan to change captain. But he withdrew as T20I captain. , and the voters decided not to split the limited-overs captains and opted for a complete separation. “
Sharma reaffirmed that unlike the T20I captain, the ODI captaincy change was the call of the selectors, as the committee believed there could not be two white-ball captains. “As soon as the selection committee made the decision, I immediately called Virat. It was a test selection meeting.
Immediately after that, at 5 o’clock, we informed him that there would be a whiteball captain. In terms of planning, the selectors decided that we should have one white ball captain and one red ball captain. There were a few questions and we had a good chat. We did not want to inform him at the selection meeting. “
The chief voter gave context to Kohli’s comment that he was fired as ODI captain with 90 minutes notice. “There is no confusion. Look, the ODI selection is taking place today. But we announced the ODI captain change on the day of the test team selection because we wanted to give time to both Virat and Rohit,” Sharma explained.
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Meanwhile, in Rohit’s absence, KL Rahul will lead India in the three ODIs in South Africa, while Jasprit Bumrah will be his deputy. Sharma talked about giving Rohit enough time to recover given his fitness record and that it would be imperative to have him absolutely fit for big tournaments.
After cutting their teeth in T20Is, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer joined the ODI squad because of their “domestic performance”. Washington Sundar returned to the white ball after recovering from a finger injury.